Linfield names new VP
Wyatt stepped down earlier this month after 11 years in the post. He has accepted a new assignment as special assistant to President Thomas Hellie.
Ostrander previously served as vice president for university advancement at Saint Leo University in Florida, where he led a campaign to raise $15 million and ended up raised $19.5 million. “Not only has Dave Ostrander been successful at every college he has served, he understands and embraces the culture of Linfield,” Hellie said.
He has nearly 30 years of experience in college and university fundraising. And he has spent most of his career at independent liberal arts colleges, like Linfield.
Before joining Saint Leo, he spent seven years as vice president for institutional advancement at Wartburg College in Iowa. There, he directed a campaign that raised $92 million.
Previously, he served 15 years as vice president for development at Coe College in Iowa, where he directed a campaign that raised $36.5 million. He also served as a senior development officer and director of the annual fund.
Ostrander holds a bachelor’s degree from Coe College and a master’s degree from the University of Montana.Prior to getting into the development field, he taught physical education and coached football and track at Monmouth College, Loras College and Iowa Wesleyan College.
“I’m excited about joining the Linfield College community,” Ostrander said. “Few things are more energizing than to be immersed in a college environment that has a mission like Linfield has. I look forward to working with alumni, students, friends and everyone in the Linfield community to continue a proud tradition at a first-rate liberal arts college.”
The division Ostrander will lead previously was known as College Relations. The name has been changed to Institutional Advancement to reflect the most commonly used term in higher education.